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Dr. Randall J. Webb, 1966, 1966 
President, Northwestern State University 

Dear alumni: 

Happy holidays to all of you. I hope your holi- 
day season is filled with joy and good times with 
friends and family. This time of year is special to all of us in Natchi- 
toches and it makes us grateful to be part of this unique community. 

The fall semester was an outstanding one for Northwestern State 
University and we look forward to a successful spring semester. Fall 
enrollment was larger than expected at 9,191 students. Our freshman 
class was up by 81 students and this year's freshman class had an 
average ACT score above the state and national averages. 

We are eagerly anticipating the opening of the new Student Servic- 
es Center this spring. The building will bring together under one roof 
a number of offices that assist students. Please check our Website 
at for the date and time of our ribbon cutting for this facil- 
ity. We will also have more news soon on the renovation project for 
historic East Caspari Hall. 

One of the most exciting developments of the semester was the 
signing of an agreement with the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana to 
offer educational and professional development opportunities with 
the federally recognized Native American tribe. Beginning this spring, 
Northwestern State will offer classes at the Tunica-Biloxi Center 
in Marksville. This agreement will be a big boost to Avoyelles and 
neighboring parishes and we look forward to working closely with the 
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe. 

Thank you for all you do to support Northwestern State University. 
We are looking forward to more great accomplishments in 2012. 

William Drake Owens, 2004. 2005 

Director of University Advancement 

My fellow alumni, 

We are at the close of one of the most memo- 
rable fall seasons anyone in Natchitoches can 
remember. Several milestone events and a spec- 
tacular Homecoming weekend brought many visitors back to North- 
western State. More than a few individuals pointed out to me how nice 
the campus looks and were complimentary of the City of Natchitoches 
for its welcoming atmosphere and great support for Northwestern 

I hope you will enjoy a new feature of Alumni Columns, our "Making 
an Impact" series, which will highlight the work of individuals whose 
endeavors improve the greater good Northwestern State has for the 
last several years placed a strong emphasis on service-learning to 
provide students with opportunities to use their focus of study to help 
others. We have found that Northwestern State staff, students and 
alumni carry this sensitivity well beyond the classroom and are mak- 
ing an impact in their communities and in the lives of others. 

Friends, we have much to be thankful for this holiday season and I 
extend to you warmest greetings as I look forward with optimism to a 
productive 2012. 

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Family & Consumer Sciences 

Department marks centennial of caring, nurturing and management 

A discipline founded in overseeing the health and 
well-being of individuals, families and communities is 
celebrating its centennial at Northwestern State Univer- 
sity. The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, 
originally designed to instruct students in food science, 
health and home management, remains relevant in the 
21st century for its role in advocacy for children and fam- 
ily issues, public health and consumer education. 

"Family and consumer science teaches skills for 
every day living,"' , said Dr. Patricia Pierson, dean of the 
Department, which is housed within the College of Sci- 
ence and Technology. "Even though society has changed, 
there is still a need for knowledge and instruction in our 
core components of managing your home, your health, 
your budget and your family." 

In the early 20th century, domestic science was re- 
garded as an important scientific discipline that required 
applied knowledge in chemistry, biology, physiology, 
engineering and other branches of science and mathemat- 
ics to provide vital information on health and hygiene, 
nutrition, food preparation and preservation, childcare, 
finance and home management. Today, Northwestern 
State graduates of FACS - both male and female - are 
prepared for careers in culinary arts, early childhood 
education, the travel industry, hospitality and recreation, 
hotel and/or restaurant management, nutrition, dietetics 
and, until recently, fashion and retail. 

The roots of the department are in a weaving and 
textiles course offered at Louisiana Normal as early as 
1904, which was expanded into domestic science and 
art in 1911 and housed in one room in Caldwell Hall. In 
1917, when U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Hughes Act 
that provided support to educate home economics teach- 
ers for elementary, middle and high schools, students at 
Louisiana Normal - primarily young women — fulfilled 
that need. By 1919 Louisiana Normal students who com- 
pleted the home economics course were certified to teach 
in Louisiana high schools. A Euthenics Club was estab- 
lished in the department in 1926, the precursor of Kappa 
Omicron Nu Fraternity chartered in 1977. Northwestern 
State awarded its first master's degree in home econom- 
ics to Margaret Ackel in 1957 and established a master's 
program in early childhood education in 1971. 

Over the decades, Northwestern State graduates 
made significant contributions to home economics in the 
public school system, through extension services and 
through their work for private businesses. 

Boxes of vintage photographs, scrapbooks and 
mementos from the department's early days through 
the 1980s provide a glimpse of how domestic life and 

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Teaching and caring for small children as part of the home 
economics curriculum led to the creation of a campus 
nursery school, now known as the Marie Shaw Dunn Child 
Development Center. 

The home economics department at Northwestern State 
was founded on a weaving and textiles course, which was 
still part of the curriculum in the mid-20th century. 

women's roles changed throughout the 20th century and 
how the department adapted with the times. 

"Weaving is pretty much a lost art," Pierson said, 
but students also learned upholstery, landscaping and 
clothing construction with many students photographed 
modeling smart tailored suits, fur-trimmed dress coats, 
cocktail dresses and wedding gowns. The photos docu- 

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FACS continued from page 1 

ment decades of summer recep- 
tions, formal dinners and students 
presenting demonstrations on nutri- 
tion, working with preschoolers and 

replete with white uniforms and 
hairnets at work in the kitchen. 

"In the '50s and '60s, we of- 
fered specialty areas so our graduates 
would have employable skills. A 
home economics degree made wom- 
en employable for food companies, 
or they might find work doing home 
demonstrations or w ith a cooperative 
extension office. Even electric com- 
panies would hire representatives to 
show their customers things like how- 
to most efficiently use their energy," 
Pierson said. 

Dieticians were qualified to work 
at hospitals, schools or anywhere that 
utilized institutional food services. 
There was a focus on social wel- 
fare, particularly in rural areas, and 
classes in child development were an 
extension of learning family health 

"Before mandatory kindergar- 
ten, small children were taught in 
the home. Dr. [Marie Shaw] Dunn 
created a child development con- 
centration and realized that students 
needed a laboratory experience, so in 
1935 she started the nursery school 
that is now the Child Development 
Center." Pierson said. "NSU was the 
first school in the state to have that. It 
was originally open to the children of 
faculty and employees. If you took 
child development courses, you had 
to do a practicum. Eventually, child 
development broadened into early 
childhood education." 

I or several decades, home ec 

Students lived in and maintained a 

practice cottage, constructed in l ( >25 

for $12,000. Students were required 
to live m the home for one semester 
planning and preparing meals, often 
for united guests. When the new 
president's residence was com- 
pleted m 1970. the same year thai 
Northwestern received its university 
designation, Dr. and Mrs. Arnold 

In decades past, the Department hosted formal dinners for upperclassmen. 
administrators and guests, such as the intemational-themed event pictured 

Kilpatrick handed over the keys to 
their former home to be used as the 
department's home management 

Dr. Cheryl McBride, assistant 
professor of FACS and advisor for 
undergraduates concentrating in early 
childhood, lived in the house as a 
newlywed beginning in the fall of 
1978. She and her husband Bill were 
both pursuing graduate degrees and 
had been married two weeks when 
they moved in. occupying the down- 
stairs while six or eight girls lived 

"My graduate assistantship was 
living in the house, sort of like a 
house mother," she said. "They had 
never had a man in the house be- 
fore and Bill was not allowed to go 
upstairs. I had to lock the house at 
midnight every night and make sure 
everybod) was there. The girls pre- 
pared breakfast excrx morning and 
they would knock on the door and 
sax 'Breakfast is served.'" 

In addition to breakfast, the \k- 
Brides had to eat at least one other 
meal in the house per day The) lived 
m the home for a year while Cheryl 
worked in the half-da) program for 

"We Started w ith three bed babies 
and the students would observe the 
infants. You know how much a bab\ 

can change in a year. We were very 
attached to the children," she said. 

The home management house 
eventually became too cost prohibi- 
tive to maintain and in 1983 it was 
turned oxer to its current occupants. 
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In 1946. the Department o\' 
Home Economics requested funds 
for a new building, which was dedi- 
cated in 1950 when undergraduate 
programs included dietetics, general 
home economics, home economics 
education and early childhood educa- 
tion. The new building featured a 
formal living room that was used for 
receptions, luncheons, club meetings 
and other social functions. Those 
events gave students experience in 
planning, preparation and presenta- 
tion for an event, from the meal 
management and food science aspect 
down to the flower arrangements. 

Just as families hand down serv- 
ing pieces through generations, main 
items still housed in the department 
were used h\ young women nearlx a 
ccnturx ago. 

"We still have thai punch bowl," 
Pierson noted, si lung through photos. 
"I also \\n\m\ some silver flatware 
upstairs that is engraved 'I s\" for 
1 ouisiana State Normal." 

In 1986, the department com- 
memorated its 75th anniversary b> 

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unveiling portraits of department 
administrators Ruby Dunckel- 
man and Minnie Lee Odom. Those 
portraits still hang in the Family and 
Consumer Sciences building, which 
was renovated and reopened in 2003. 
That same year, the early childhood 
degree program was redesigned to 
certify teachers for pre-kindergarten 
through third grade. 

A capable, can-do spirit is com- 
mon among students in Family and 
Consumer Sciences. 

"Our students do tend to be 
practical, good managers and pay 
attention to detail," said Pierson, who 
described her high school econom- 
ics teacher as a great mentor and 
influenced her decision to pursue the 

"I liked the management side of 
it, consumer education, making good 
decisions. Those skills are applicable 
to your personal life and career," she 

In the 1990s, the focus of home 
economics broadened, along with a 
name change when the profession 
officially became Family and Con- 
sumer Sciences. In 1994, Northwest- 

ern State introduced a new bachelor's 
program in hospitality management 
and tourism (HMT), a field that 
drew more male students to the 
department. One of those was Todd 
Barrios (1993), who was the first 
and only male student to earn North- 
western State's Esther Cooley Award 
presented annually to an outstand- 
ing graduate based on academics, 
involvement and leadership. Barrios, 
a professional chef, returned to NSU 
as an instructor to help launch the 
culinary arts concentration in 2005. 

Departmental photos from the 
last 10 years depict culinary arts 
students in garde-manger classes and 
costumed HMT students presenting 
the International Festival of Cuisines 
and Cultures for the community. 

In recent years, budget cuts have 
negatively affected Family and Con- 
sumer Science programs across the 
country. Many FACS professionals 
lament that home economics courses 
have been eliminated from schools 
and that many youngsters never learn 
basic nutrition and meal prepara- 
tion. Public health experts believe 
this is reflected in America's alarm- 

Fashion students who met with David Wolfe, creative director for the Doneger 
Group in New York were, front row from left, Katie Dyer of Shreveport, Chloee 
Christiansen of Mandeville, Kelee Grimes of Pineville, Brooke Nielson of 
Natchitoches, Wolfe, Jasmine Eugene of New Orleans, Jennifer Gernand 
of Prairieville and Andrea Warren of Lake Charles. On the back row are 
Ashley Williams of Sulphur, Jordan McLamore of Paris, Texas; Sara Wilson 
of Natchitoches, Jasmime Torregano of Marrero and Jordan Buisson of New 
Orleans. This group was the last of the fashion merchandizing students 
to participate in the National Retail Federation's Big Show in New York in 
January 2011. Bette Howell-Maroney, associate professor of Family and 
Consumer Sciences, accompanied students to New York from 1990-2011 
as part of their degree requirements as fashion majors. 

ing obesity crisis. Meanwhile, some 
graduates enter the job market with 
little practical knowledge of social 
and business etiquette, budgeting, 
managing credit or paying bills. 

At Northwestern State, adminis- 
trators were forced to eliminate the 
fashion merchandising concentration. 
In January 201 1, Associate Professor 
of Family and Consumer Sciences 
Bette Howell-Maroney accompanied 
the last group of fashion merchandis- 
ing students to New York, a study 
experience she had coordinated since 
1990. The tours consisted of several 
days of meetings with professionals 
in the fashion industry, including ap- 
pointments at Chanel, Ralph Lauren, 
Oscar de la Renta, Geoffrey Beene, 
Kenneth Cole, Jessica McClintock, 
Ellen Tracy, Guess and Carol Little, 
as well as behind the scenes at retail- 
ers such as Macy's, Bloomingdale's, 
Saks 5th Avenue, Prada, Sephora and 
more. In addition to the industry ap- 
pointments, the students experienced 
Broadway plays and were in studio 
audiences at The Late Show with 
David Letterman, Montell Williams 
and the Martha Stewart Show. 

Programs currently offered in- 
clude Family and Consumer Sciences 
with concentrations in consumer 
services and child development and 
family relations; hospitality manage- 
ment and tourism with concentrations 
in culinary arts, hospitality services 
and travel and tourism; and early 
childhood education. 

A mid-century brochure de- 
scribes the scope of home econom- 
ics to prospective students stating 
"Home economics is so closely 
related to patterns of living that it is 
always a timely field and a perma- 
nent one." 

Pierson echoed those sentiments. 

"Family and Consumer Sci- 
ence addresses the needs of people 
throughout their lifespan," she said. 
"It begins with care of infants, ad- 
dresses family needs and now there is 
a large interest in geriatric care. It's 
a field that teaches skills for manag- 
ing many aspects of a person's life." 


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American Girl author highlights 
Creole culture in new series 

Denise Lewis Patrick ( 1977) is co-author of an 
American Girl new historical series. The six-book series 
is set in 1 850s New Orleans and explores the friendship 
of two characters, Cecile Ray and Marie-Grace Gardner. 

American Girl is a popular line of dolls for children 
ages 9-13 that portray girls of a variety of ethnicities liv- 
ing in various times throughout American history. Each 
is sold with accompanying books told from the viewpoint 
of the girls. 

Patrick's research produced Cecile, a bold, confident 
girl from a well-to-do African-American family who lives 
a privileged life in New Orleans' vibrant community of 
free people of color. 

Patrick pored over old newspapers, drawings, narra- 
tives and diaries to learn about New Orleans of the 1850s. 
how the city looked, social customs and where people of 
color worked and lived. 

"I read about yellow fever and how that terrible 
disease affected everyone who lived in the city. I imag- 
ined that people must have felt in many ways the same 
as they did after Hurricane Katrina or after 9/1 1 in New 
York," she said. "I decided that I wanted Cecile's stories 
to show how something so big touched and changed the 
lives of real, normal people." 

Patrick is a native of Natchitoches and now resides 
in Montclair, N.Y. She has always loved words. Her 
Natchitoches grandmother was a great reader and her 
New Orleans grandmother was a great storyteller. Before 
she could write, she invented names and stories for her 
dolls and eventually drew cartoon characters and created 
comic strips about them. 

"I loved writing so much that I wrote and illustrated 
mv very first book when 1 was about 10. It was a mys- 
tcrv story. I sewed the pages together on my mom's sew- 
ing machine and glued yellow cloth to cardboard for the 
cover. I still have it." she said. 

In high school. Patrick wrote for the school news- 
paper and prov ulecl spot ail as filler. After earning her 
degree in journalism at Northwestern State, she moved 
to \eu York Citv. where she worked brief!) in magazine 
and newspaper jobs before beginning a career in the 
children's publishing industry as an assistant and later 
an associate editor at Scholastic. Inc. During her years 
there. Patrick wrote and edited news stories, plays and 
puzzles for Students in fourth through sixth grades She 
also wrote classroom materials for teachers. She eventu- 
ally became editor at Joshua Moms Publishing, where 

she developed and edited mass-market children's books. 

Over the years, 
she worked on various 
free-lance and work- 
for-hire projects. She 
has written narratives 
for the National Under- 
ground Railroad Free- 
dom Center's 
exhibitions and 
preschool board 
books adapted 
from episodes 
of the Gullah 
Gullah Island 
television series. 
She was also a 
project editor 
for Macmillan 
"Adventures of 

Raggedy Ann" book series and has written for Children's 
Television Workshop publications Golden Publishing. 

"I finally got the courage to write my own book alter 
I remembered my favorite red Sunday shoes. 1 loved 
those shoes, just like the little girl in my first picture 
book. Red Dancing Shoes." she said. 

With Red Dancing Shoes, Patrick made the transi- 
tion from writer to author. I ler subsequent work includes 
several picture books and two historical fiction novels for 
middle graders. The Adventures of Midnight Son (Holt, 
1 997) and The Longest Ride ( 1 loll 1 999). Both w ere 
selected as New York Public Library Best Books for The 
Teenage. Meet Cecile. Troubles for ( 'ceile and Cecile 's 
Gift are her first books for American Girl. 

At the same time Patrick has pursued writing, she 
has been a w ife and mother to lour sons, w ith the young- 
est now in high school. As her sons grew, she became 
involved with writing in schools, first as a volunteer. For 
live years, she served as a manager of a rev ision-based 
writing program for a local middle school, where she 
helped prov ide one-on-one student "coaching" on various 
writing projects. She also worked in this capacity for one 
year with high school students. 

Patrick's strong connection to student writing has 
continued. Today, she is a volunteer mentor for a middle 
school all-girls writing club. Inklings, and since the fall 
of 2010. she has been an adjunct professor of intermedi- 
ate writing at Nyack College's Manhattan. N.Y., campus. 

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Rabalais named PBS Teacher Innovator 

Northwestern State University 
alumnus Mark Rabalais won the 
PBS Teacher Innovation Award, an 
honor that recognizes innovative 
teaching methods in high school 
education. Rabalais was among 12 
first place winners from across the 
United States to earn the honor for a 
project he directed in which students 
completed research through digital 
storytelling. He teaches ninth grade 
geography at Pineville High School, 
his alma mater. 

In the "Discovering Africa Proj- 
ect,"' Rabalais's students were tasked 
with investigating the physical geog- 
raphy of Africa and related social or 
geopolitical problems like desertifi- 
cation, water scarcity, education and 
cultural conflicts. The students cre- 
ated mockumentaries after watching 
PBS documentaries that addressed 
similar issues. 

As an award-winner, Rabalais 
received a week long "Innovation 
Immersion Experience" at The Henry 

Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., 
a SMART Slate™ wireless slate, a 
free PBS TeacherLine professional 
development course and a tote bag of 
PBS gifts. 

Rabalais is in his sixth year 
teaching freshman geography at 
Pineville High. He graduated from 
Northwestern State with a bach- 
elor's degree in fine arts in 2006 
and in 2007 completed a master's in 
art. In 2008, he earned certification 
through Louisiana College's TEACH 
program. Rabalais graduated last 
December with a master of educa- 
tion in educational leadership and 
is currently pursuing a doctorate of 
education in educational leadership 
from the University of Louisiana at 

Although he had little experience 
working with film, he recognizes it as 
a medium that allows his students to 
be innovative. 

During the course of his employ- 
ment, Rabalais has been honored as 

Pineville High School Teacher of the 
Year, a Rapides Parish 21st Cen- 
tury Mentor and was recognized for 
excellence in teaching high school 
social studies. 

"I didn't discover my passion 
for education until after 1 started to 
teach," he said. "I thought it was 
going to be a temporary occupation 
but it has been six years and I am still 
loving it." 

As a class, Rabalais's students 
held a school-wide drive called 
"PH20: Charity, Always Refresh- 
ing." The students designed and 
sold shirts to raise awareness of 
education, healthcare, the need for 
mosquito nets, scarcity of resources 
and other issues in war-torn areas of 
Africa. Students raised over $1,000 
to donate towards the construction of 
a well in Africa. 

To view the projects completed 
by Pineville High students, go to 
gallery/201 1 /entries/797/. 

DeVille creates Antoon's print; proceeds will benefit scholarship fund 

The NSU Foundation is selling a print by Natchi- 
toches artist Denise Deville (1993) to raise funds for the 
Johnny Antoon Endowed Scholarship at Northwestern 
State University. 

The print, Antoon s Liquor Store, is Deville's ren- 
dering of Antoon's business on the Highway 1 Bypass 
in Natchitoches. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go 
towards the scholarship. 

"Denise is a very talented artist. Seeing the print for 
the first time brought back so many memories for me," 
said Antoon ( 1 968). "I am honored and humbled to have 
a scholarship established in my name and to know that so 
many people generously contributed toward it. My family 
and I love Northwestern so much. It means so much to 
me that a scholarship set up in my honor will help stu- 
dents get an education." 

The scholarship was started in 2008 and announced 
at a 65 th birthday party celebration for Antoon, a North- 
western State alumnus who has been a Natchitoches 
businessman for almost 40 years. More than $44,000 has 
been raised for the scholarship. The 2010-11 recipient of 
the scholarship was Justin Goleman of Winnfield. 

"Mr. Johnny's wife Merle ( 1 979) asked me to create 

something special, so I painted the old Antoon's with 
all the personal touches the whole town knows," said 
Deville. "I wanted someone to feel like they were there 
with all the things they remember such as the barbershop 
chairs and the popcorn machine." 

Paper prints are available at $25 for an 1 1 x 14, $35 
for a 16 x 20 and $45 for an 18 x 24, Canvas prints are 
$100 for an 11 x 14, $125 for a 16 x 20 and $150 for an 

For more information, contact Jill Bankston at (318) 
357-4414 or go online to 

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Concert surprise: Bill Brent named honorary alum 

Northwestern State University named Bill Brent, 
director of the Mrs. M.I). Dear and Alice E. Dear School 
of Creative and Performing Arts and director of bands at 
Northwestern State, an honorary alumnus. 

Northwestern State President Dr. Randall J. Webb 
made the announcement at a concert concluding the 
Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band's 100 th anniver- 
sary on Sept. 30. 

"Bill Brent has done so much for Northwestern State 
and cares so deeply for this university and its people. I 
know he bleeds purple," said Webb. "He has built the 
Spirit of Northwestern into one of the top bands in the 
country, brought the School of Creative and Performing 
Arts national prominence and been a positive impact on 
hundreds of students." 

Brent has been at Northwestern State for 28 years. 
In that time, he has built one of the best marching band 
programs in the nation, increasing the number of mem- 
bers from 48 to more than 300. He has also served as 
conductor of the NSU Wind Symphony which has been 
chosen to perform at the College Band Directors National 
Association Southern Regional Conference. 

The band was a finalist for the 201 1 Sudler Trophy, 
an award to identify and recognize collegiate marching 
bands of particular excellence that have made outstand- 
ing contributions to the American way of life. NSU's 
band started 201 1 by participating in the New Year's Day 
Parade and Festival in London. 

Bill Brent, center, was recognized and congratulated by 
Director of University Advancement Drake Owens, left, 
and NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, right. 

Northwestern 's band was named one of the top eight 
in the country by the web site in 
2008. That year. Brent received the Outstanding Band- 
master Award for the state of Louisiana from the Epsi- 
lon Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. international bandmasters 

In 2007. he was inducted into the Louisiana Music 
Educators Association Hall of Fame. Brent received the 
President's Distinguished Service Award in recognition of 
his work at Northwestern State in 2002. 

Homecoming draws alumna 
back to Natchitoches for first 
time in 40 years 

Northwestern State alumna Ruth Pletz of Irving, Texas, 
left, with NSU Associate Director of Alumni Affairs Haley 
Blount and Pletz's husband Walter. 

Northwestern State University "s 201 1 Homecoming 
celebration brought back countless memories for alumna 
Ruth Pletz. 

The 1963 graduate came back to Natchitoches and 
Northwestern State for the first time in 40 years. She 
toured the city and campus and rode in the Homecoming 
parade with sorority sisters from Sigma Sigma Sigma. 

The return to Natchitoches was a buthdav present 
from her husband Walter, who accompanied her and 
took plentv of pictures as she rode in the parade. 

Plet/ was head cheerleader and student bod) v ice 
president while an undergraduate. She was also on the 
Miss PotDOUfl i Court and a resident advisor. One tradi- 
tion Plet/ was glad to see discontinued was throwing the 
head cheerleader into Cane River as part of the Home- 
coming pep rally. 

Plet/ earned a degree m sociology and worked for 
the state department of welfare in both Louisiana and 
Pexas. She then became a design consultant lor homc- 

Plet/ and her husband plan to v isit Natchitoches 
and Northwestern Stale often. She is alrcadv looking 
forward to receh ing her second diploma as a 50-year 
graduate in 201 i 

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Honorees recognized during 2011 Homecoming 
Long Purple Line 



Inductees into the Northwestern State Alumni Hall 
of Distinction, the Long Purple Line, were Don and 
Virginia Burkett of Many, Dr. F. Gary Cunningham 
of Dallas, Dr. Walter Ledet Jr. of Sulphur, Barbara 
Spruill Moffett and Randy Moffett of Baton Rouge 
and Winnie Dowden Wyatt of Grapevine, Texas. 
They were honored at the annual Homecoming 
Banquet and at the Homecoming football game on 
Oct. 15. Out of more than 75,000 Northwestern 
alumni, only 104 people have been chosen for the 
honor. From left are Northwestern State President 
Dr. Randall J. Webb, Stephen and Mary Beth Van 
Sickle accepting on behalf of Don and Virginia 
Burkett, Wyatt, Barbara and Randy Moffett, Ledet 
nd Mrs. Frances Outland accepting on behalf of 
her son, Dr. Cunningham. 


The College of Education and 
Human Development recognized 
several individuals for their contri- 
butions to the field of education. 
From left are Director of University 
Advancement Drake Owens, Jerry 
Epperson of Baker, Winfred Si- 
bille of Sunset, Dr. Ron McBride of 
Natchitoches, Hazel Norrid Fletcher 
of Coushatta, Evelyn Pyle Adams 
of Shreveport, William Britt of Cas- 
tor, April Giddens of Natchitoches 
and Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean of the 
College of Education and Human 
Development. Adams, Britt, Epper- 
son, Fletcher and McBride were in- 
ducted in the Hall of Distinguished 
Educators. Sibille was recognized 
as a Friend To Education and Gid- 
dens was honored for being named 
Louisiana Teacher of the Year. 

Hall of Distinguished Educators 




Graduate N Club Hall of Fame 

Honorary Alumnus and 

President's Distinguished 

Service Award 

2011 inductees into the Graduate N Club Hall of Fame were, from left, Marcus 
Spears, Vicky Newsom, Reggie Gatewood, Sonja Olsen-Gonzales, LaMark 
Carter, Roman Banks and Herbie Smith. 

Pete Abington, left, was made 
an honorary alumnus of North- 
western State and Jimmy Berry, 
right, received the President's 
Distinguished Service Award. 
They were recognized during the 
Homecoming banquet. 

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Creator producer writer 
Christine \. Bergeron (2004) 
announces that her film project, 
a television series titled Voodoo 
Theatre Presents, will air during the 
latter part of 2012 on the American 
One network, which is shown in 
30 million households in over 125 
markets in the United States, the 
Caribbean and Central and South 

Voodoo Theatre Presents is an 
anthology television series based on 
the multiple legends and folklores 
of Louisiana. Each week, Voodoo 
Theatre Presents will introduce an 
entertaining story that embraces 
Louisiana's unique and rich culture. 

Each half hour episode will fea- 
ture adaptations of the legends and 
folklores that encompass Louisiana. 
Some of these legends have been 
around Louisiana for hundreds of 
years and have been passed on from 
generation to generation. In addition. 
Voodoo Theatre Presents plans to 
highlight mystical myths and enig- 
matic traditions filled with Louisiana 
heritage of all 64 parishes. 

Voodoo Theatre Presents will 
have 13 episodes for each season 
and will film entirely in Louisiana. 
Voodoo Theatre is currently in pro- 

Dr. Dorothy "Dottie" Pinck- 

ard Martin ( 1980) was appointed 
dean of Northern Maine Community 
College in Presqe Isle. Maine. Of- 
ficials at the educational institution 
appointed Dr. Martin to the position 
on Aug. 1 . 

Martin earned two master's 
degrees in educational administration 
and supervision and in library sci- 
ence and educational administration 
at Northwestern State in l ( )N0 and a 
doctorate from the University of Mis- 
sissippi in l ( >x". Her undergraduate 
degree is from 1 ouisiana College. 

Martin currently serves on the 
state Board of Education on the 
Career and Technical Education 
committee as well as the certifica- 
tion committee. She is a former 
president and board director of the 
National Consortium for Specialized 
Secondary Schools of Mathematics, 
Science and Technology. She also is 
a member of a number of civic and 
community organizations. 

Thomas E. Hargis (2005) was 
named chief executive officer of 
Encounter Technologies, a corpora- 
tion that specializes in social media, 
video technology and on-line stream- 
ing solutions. 

Hargis graduated high school at 
the age of 15, as a freshman. He be- 
gan working in the technology sector 
immediately after graduation and w as 
running a SI. 5 million corporation by 
the age of 16. Under his management 
the corporation grew 25 percent over 
two years. 

He graduated from Northwestern 
State with a degree in social science 
and has worked with several inter- 
national and non-profit charitable 
organizations, including co-founding 
the ESAE Foundation. Originally 
from New Orleans, he and his family 
relocated to North Carolina in 2008. 
Until being named CEO of ENTI. 
he ran a federal transitional facility 
for inmates mo\ ing back into the 
workforce after incarceration. This 
included managing 25 employees 
and a budget in excess of $1 million 

Michelle Craig ( 1999. Louisiana 
Scholars' College), was one of five 
outstanding female African-Amer- 
ican attorneys honored at the Urban 
League of Greater New Oilcans 

( iala. held July. Craig was named 

partner earlier this year at Vdams and 

Reese alter joining the firm in 2007. 
she also co-founded and served as 

an executive member of the Urban 
League of New Orleans Young 
Professionals Chapter, which was 
recognized in 2008 by New Orleans 
Cit\ Business as an "Innovators of the 
Year" Honoree. Also in 2008. Craig 
was named among the "Women of 
the Year" also by Citv Business. 
At Adams and Reese. Craig 
serves on the labor and employment 
team. Her representative clients 
include schools, fast food companies, 
offshore companies, home improve- 
ment retailers, entrepreneurs and 
other small businesses. Craig pro- 
v ides legal counsel for the National 
Association of African-Americans 
in Human Resources. She writes and 
provides client and attorney training 
on a variety of labor and employment 
issues. She served on the Board of 
Directors for the golf public-private 
partnership First Tee of New Orleans 
2009-2010. She is also actively in- 
\ oh ed in the firm's efforts to pro- 
mote diversity in all practice areas 
and the legal profession. 

JoAnn Moses Brown (1981, 
1996), RN. MSN. has been named 
the Pediatric PICU Unit manager at 
Rapides Women's and Children's 
Hospital in Alexandria. She is 
responsible for managing the units 
dailj operation in providing care 
to pediatric and pediatric intensive 
care patients, including stalling and 
other issues affecting desired patient 
outcomes. Brown graduated from 
Northwestern State in 1981 with a 
bachelor's degree in accounting and 
business administration. She received 
an associate's degree in nursing in 
1991 from LSI- Alexandria, a bach- 
elor's degree in nursing in 1996 from 
NSl and a master's degree from 
Reuis I 'niversitv in 2008 

CPA Brett Kirkland (2008) of 

Pine\ ille was selected to serve a two- 
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Andrews to head Donnelly Center 

^V Loyola University New Orleans named 

Valerie Andrews (1977) director of the 
school's Shawn M. Donnelly Center, a one- 
stop shop for city nonprofits interested in 
getting public relations assistance for their 
efforts. Andrews is an assistant professor 
at Loyola's School of Mass Communication. 
The Donnelly Center is known for its design 
branding and public relations campaigns on behalf of some of New 
Orleans' best-known nonprofits, including the Archdiocese of New 
Orleans, Covenant House, March of Dimes and the Felicity Street 
Redevelopment Organization. 

Since its founding in 1977, the Donnelly Center has helped 
more than 200 nonprofits by offering students an opportunity to 
assist organizations with advertising and promotional campaigns, 

providing services as simple as the design of a flyer or as complex 
as an integrated communications campaign. 

The Donnelly Center is one of a number of organizations sup- 
ported by the School of Mass Communication, including the Loyola 
University Center for Environmental Communication. 

Andrews joined the Loyola faculty in 2007 as a full-time 
extraordinary faculty member in the public relations sequence. She 
had been an assistant professor of mass communication at Georgia 
College and State University in Milledgeville. She has also taught 
at Louisiana State University, University of Southern Mississippi 
and Tulane University. She earned a bachelor's degree in journal- 
ism/public relations at Northwestern State and a master's in journal- 
ism from Louisiana State University. She has worked extensively in 
public relations and advertising for industries ranging from RVs and 
food service to printing and educational materials. 

year term as a member at large on the 
Society of Louisiana CPAs' Young 
CPA Board. The board represents 
the interests of CPAs 35 and under, 
guides the nonprofit professional 
association in addressing the genera- 
tional differences impacting younger 
members and develops opportunities 
to engage young CPAs in the profes- 
sion and their communities. Kirk- 
land, a senior accountant with LSUA, 
graduated from Northwestern State 
with a bachelor's degree in account- 

Alumni and former faculty Max- 
ine Southerland ( 1 942, 1 958) and 
Raymond Gilbert (1970) were rec- 
ognized in October as Natchitoches 
Treasures. The Natchitoches Trea- 
sures are a group of Natchitoches 
residents of retirement age who have 
made lasting contributions to the 
community through their generosity, 
service, volunteerism and spirit. A 
recognition ceremony sponsored by 
the city of Natchitoches was held in 
their honor. 

A feature on Leo Shelton. age 

90, appeared in the Veterans Corner 
section in the October 12 edition of 
the Winnfield Enterprise. The article 
told how Shelton grew up in Winn 
Parish, attended school in Atlanta and 
graduated from Louisiana Normal in 

1942, intending to be a teacher and 
PE coach. He was drafted by the Air 
Force two weeks after graduation, as- 
signed to radio maintenance, trained 
and sent to several air bases across 
the country. That time included 
living in a tent city in Kansas City 
during a second radio school. 

He spent most of 1944 in Mem- 
phis, where the radio department 
worked around the clock in three 
shifts. In 1945, after training in Utah, 
he flew from New York to Calcutta, 
India, and travelled 600 miles north 
through the Indian jungle to Assam 
at the base of the Himalayas. Shortly 
thereafter, he learned he had been 
sent there by mistake, so he hitched a 
quick flight back to Calcutta with the 
paymaster in a B-25, during which 
flight he saw the Taj Mahal. 

Shelton was in Calcutta when 
the war ended and boarded a ship to 
Seattle in 1946 before his discharge. 

Shelton took advantage of the GI 
Bill and earned a degree in pharmacy 
Loyola University in 1950. He mar- 
ried Dorothy Sowers in 1948, whom 
he met in Winnfield. The couple 
has three children, Steve, Becky and 
Mark, and eight grandchildren. 

Dr. William "Bill" Hunt of 

Georgetown, Texas, wrote to com- 
ment on the picture of The Entertain- 
ers in the Fall 201 1 edition of Alumni 

Columns, providing some back- 
ground information on the group. 

"The NSU Entertainers were es- 
tablished in 1974 at the request of 
President Arnold Kilpatrick," Hunt 
wrote. "I was the founder and direc- 
tor of the group. Although I retired as 
director of Research and Sponsored 
Programs at NSU in 2002, 1 was a 
professor of music and director of 
choral activities at that time. The 
NSU Entertainers worked closely 
with Alumni Affairs and High School 
Relations for several years. We trav- 
eled almost constantly and performed 
in many different venues for high 
school students, alumni, festivals, 
and civic groups." 

Hunt still has many active ties 
with Natchitoches and NSU. On 
Nov. 19, he and retired professor 
Dr. Bill Bryant appeared in "Back 
Porch Friends," a concert of Louisi- 
ana folk music and jazz presented at 
San Gabriel Presbyterian Church in 
Georgetown, along with NSU alum 
Bill Laceky (1995). 

In addition to featuring the 
talents of multi-instrumentalist and 
vocalist Bill Bryant and singer and 
singer and keyboarding Bill Hunt, 
seven area musicians backed the per- 
formers. Originally from Louisiana, 
trombonist Bill Laceky was featured 
in the 'Swing Set' on "Basin Street 

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Alumni News 

Making an Impact 

Alum helps improve long-term care through therapeutic music 

It has long been 
recognized that music- 
has a peculiar connec- 
tion to the human brain, 
able to stimulate mood 
and cognition through 
rhythm, melody and 
repetition. Noted for its 
therapeutic qualities and 
tendency to evoke emo- 
tional response, music 
is being used more and 
more in the medical field 
to supplement medication 
treatment. While neurol- 
ogists, psychiatrists and 
other scientists continue 
to study how the brain 
processes music, North- 
western State alumna 
Debi Cost (1995) wit- 
nesses the power of music 
through her job with Coro 
Health, an Austin, Texas- 
based company that 
provides individualized 
Music Prescriptions™ for 
people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's 
and other conditions, such as the 
long-term effects of stroke. 

Cost spends much of her time 
in memory care, primarily with 
Alzheimer's residents, coordinating 
audio therapy for residents whose 
music prescriptions help them ad- 
dress anxiety, depression, agitation 
and other psychological and physio- 
logical behaviors. Through her work, 
Debi has gained an understanding o\' 
the role music plays in fostering an 

improved quality of life. 

'"It's something that we all take 
lor granted, but when you see a brain 
on music, it's amazing," she said. 
"We've witnessed some emotional 

stones rears always seem to appear. 
lis the onK job I have ever had 

where I get to witness magic It's the 
only wav I can explain it" 

Cost's compan) engages thera- 
pists, music designers and neuro- 

Debi Cost visited with Ida Ruth Lenz, a former nurse 
who lives in memory care in Clear Lake, Texas. Lenz is 
a South Carolina native who raised four children, includ- 
ing two adopted from Korea. "She enjoys her classical, 
smooth jazz and even though she uses a walker. Miss Ida 
will bust a move when the right oldie but goodie comes 
on," Cost said. 

scientists to create sequenced music 
prescriptions to suit each individual 
person. Prescriptions can be de- 
signed for specific outcomes, help- 
ing them to wake, sleep, relax or 
energize, with sensitivity to genre, 
key. beats per minute and volume. 
Therapeutic music can improve the 
long-term care experience for both 
the resident and caregivers. 

"One day. I was visiting a 
memory care w ing and I met a man 
w ho was very upset and wanted his 
music out." she said. "I could have 
just picked up his unit ami walked 
out. but I didn't. I had been told he 
is pretty grumpv on most davs and 
hard to please. I staved with him 
and finally got him to open up and 
share with me thai he liked Big Band 
sw ing music and ( ilen Miller So I 
went back the next dav with his new 
music prescription. I walked into his 
room and even as I turned it on. I 
was still nervous from his anger the 

day before. Then I hit play 
and waited. In just a few 
seconds, he said "Keep it on." 
A lump formed in my throat 
and as 1 walked out he said 
'Hey, thank you." I replied 
with humble smile and said 
'Sir. you are most welcome.' 
I cried the entire way home."' 
Although some cultures 
have used music in medicine 
for thousands of years, mod- 
ern clinical studies in music 
therapy did not emerge until 
the U.S. Veterans Admin- 
istration hospitals began to 
incorporate music therapy 
to help treat World War II 
\ eterans for post-traumatic 
stress disorder. Today, music 
therapy is being used in 
tandem with other treatment 
to address emotional and 
psychological symptoms for 
a variety of people. 

Results of recent clini- 
cal trials conducted bv the 
University of California Mind and 
Brain Center indicate a 27-54 percent 
reduction in agitation and depression 
over a six-month period for residents 
m memory care who utilize Coro 
Health's therapeutic music. Those 
results were published in the Novem- 
ber 201 1 Journal of \fnsic and Medi- 
cine. As a mood elevator, music 
can also plav a role in treatment for 
cancer, chronic pain and other health 

"I have hail friends and fellow 
alumni reach out to me and ask ques- 
tions after familv members have been 
diagnosed." (Ust said. 

Cost graduated from Northwest- 
ern State w i tli a bachelor of science 
degree m familv and consumer 
sciences, a concentration in fashion 
merchandising and a minor in busi- 
ness. She worked in the commercial 
industry for several years, working 

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Congregation initiates scholarship to honor W.L. Wise 

The congregation of the W.L. Wise Memorial Baptist 
Church established a scholarship in honor and memory of 
past church members. The scholarship will be awarded 
to a pre-med student with financial need enrolled at 
Northwestern State. 

The church has a special interest in pre-med students 
since four members of the congregation who are descen- 
dants of Dr. W.L. Wise became physicians. The four are 
Dr. Edna Wise McLeod, Dr. Rodney Wise, Dr. Melissa 
Lynn and the late Dr. Wilhelmena Wise. All four re- 
ceived their undergraduate degrees from Northwestern 
State, according to Juanita Wise Lynn, daughter of Dr. 
W.L. Wise. 

W.L. Wise Memorial Baptist Church was organized 
in 1938 in the Galbraith community with Willard Johnson 
as the first pastor. Dr. W.L. Wise was a physician who 
practiced in Galbraith, who travelled to see his patients 


in the rural 
area, Mrs. 
Lynn said. 
Galbraith was 
once a thriving 
community in 
the southern 
part of Natchi- 
toches Parish 
between Cho- 
pin and Lena. 

Applicants for the scholarship must submit a letter 
of recommendation from their high school principal or 
guidance counselor and at least one teacher. They must 
maintain a 3.5 grade point average. The scholarship will 
be administered through the Northwestern State Founda- 
tion and Dr. Melissa Lynn. 

Student facilitates donation from employer for School of Business 

A Bossier City man who completed his degree in 
business administration at the conclusion of the sum- 
mer semester coordinated a donation from his employer 
to benefit Northwestern State's School of Business. 
John McGee, a non-traditional student employed by 
Caesar's Entertainment Corporation at Horseshoe 
Casino, worked with his company's management and 

John McGee, center, arranged a sponsorship for NSU's 
School of Business through his employer, Caesar's En- 
tertainment Corporation. From left are Tony Hernandez, 
Dr. Austin Temple, McGee, Dr. Nat Briscoe, and Dr. Mar- 
garet Kilcoyne. 

Northwestern State business faculty to arrange a $5,000 
sponsorship through the NSU Foundation. Funds will 
be used for faculty research initiatives and career devel- 
opment programs for students. 

McGee said he has a strong desire to motivate 
and mentor others who want to earn a degree. He will 
complete his degree during Northwestern State's fourth 
summer session and plans to pursue a master's in busi- 
ness administration at LSU-Shreveport. 

McGee was aggressive in pursuing his goal. Begin- 
ning in 2008, he earned two-year associate degree at 
Bossier Parish Community College through the CALL 
(Center for Adult Learning in Louisiana) program be- 
fore transferring to Northwestern State for a bachelor's 
degree. For the last four semesters, he commuted from 
Bossier City to attend classes on the Natchitoches 

The sponsorship at the School of Business is espe- 
cially welcome at the university after last year's severe 
budget cuts, said Kilcoyne, who hopes to develop a 
relationship with Caesar's Entertainment for the pos- 
sibility of internship opportunities for students. 

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with music design teams to create 
music environments for retail, hospi- 
tality and fitness firms before joining 
the Coro Health team, where she 
experiences the way music can im- 
prove people's lives on an emotional, 
physical and behavioral level. 

"I love what I do and making a 

difference is the exact reason I came 
on board with Coro," Cost said. 
"There is a beautiful quote, 'Be the 
change you wish to see in the world,' 
by Gandhi and we hope that with what 
we are doing and with proven clinical 
trials that the power of music will be a 
part of all care-plans for those who are 

living in long term care." 

Cost is also a Certified Eden Al- 
ternative Associate and co-chairs on 
the Marketing Committee for the Tex- 
as Culture Change Coalition. Inspir- 
ing stories and insights are available 
on Coro Health's YouTube channel at 

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Foundation News 

Baton Rouge Reception 

Left photo: Northwestern State President Dr. Randall J. Webb presented Mrs. A. Hays Town Jr. 
with a wooden cypress bowl by Natchitoches craftsman George Olivier in thanks for opening her 
home to the School of Business prior to the Northwestern State-LSU football game. 

Right photo: The School of Business hosted a reception in the Baton Rouge home of Mr. and 
Mrs. A. Hays Town Jr. From left are Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, Monty Chicola, Ellis Coutee and Dr. 
Begona Perez-Mira. 

NSBWA promotes networking, scholarship opportunities 

The Northwestern State Univer- 
sity School of Business formed an 
organization specifically for women 
in business, the Northwestern State 
Business Women Association. 
Membership is open to all women 
engaged in careers in various busi- 
ness fields. 

"The purpose of this venture is 
to foster networking for women in 
business who are stakeholders in 
Northwestern, provide scholarships 
for women who are enrolled in the 
School of Business and promote 
and invest m the Northwestern Stale 
School of Business." said lonv Her- 
nandez, chief development officer 
for the Northwestern State School o\' 

According to Hernandez, the 
fust 100 members of NSBWA will 
be recognized as charter members 

and awarded a spcciallv designed 
pin. I hose interested in becom- 
ing charter members are invited to 
complete an application posted on 

Members of the new Northwestern State Business Women Association invite 
area women to become charter members of the new organization. From left 
are Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne. Liz Gresham. Sue Champion. Dr. Brenda Hanson, 
Dr. Begona Perez-Mira and Barbara Russell. Application forms for the group 
can be completed on-line at 

the School of Business website. Membership 
ilues are SI 00 per year. One-half of 
that amount will he designated for 
the scholarship fund: the rest will go 
towards operating expenses. 
I or more information on the 

\B\\ \. contact School of Business 
facultv Dr. Margarel Kilcoyne at 
kilcov ncni n Margaret Vi- 
enne at v iennem </ or Me- 
lissa Aldredge at aldredgem a nsula. 
edu, or I lernandez at hernandeza </ or call ((3 IS) 357-4243. 

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Professorship established to honor Dr. Tommy Johnson 

The School of Business at Northwestern State Uni- 
versity held a fundraiser for an endowed professorship 
in honor of Professor Emeritus of Business Dr. Tommy 

Endowed professorships are created with a $60,000 
gift, which is matched with $40,000 from the Board of 
Regents Support Fund. The interest generated by the 
$100,000 endowment funds faculty research and devel- 
opment along with needed equipment. Donations of any 
size can be used toward the professorship. 

The School of Business has eight endowed professor- 
ships and a $1 million endowed chair. 

Johnson taught in Northwestern 's Department of 
Business-Distributive Education and Office Administra- 
tion from 1967 until 1986. He was department head for 
15 years and was coordinator of the Center for Computer 
Literacy from 1983 until 1986. He was inducted into the 
School of Business Hall of Distinction in 2001. 

A native of Otis, Johnson is a 1958 graduate of North- 
western State. He taught at Mer Rouge and Glenmora 
before joining NSU's faculty. Johnson earned a Ph.D. in 
business education from Arizona State University. 

While at Northwestern 
State. Johnson was named 
Outstanding Young Educator 
of Natchitoches Parish, Out- 
standing Vocational Teacher 
of Louisiana and Outstanding 
Business Educator of Louisi- 

In 1981, Johnson was the 
program chair for the National 
Business Education Confer- 
ence in New Orleans and in 
1983 he served on the Com- 
mission for High Technology 
Education. He was instrumen- 
tal in developing the East/West 
Corridor Commission now an 
officially known as the El Camino East/West Corridor. 

For more information on the Dr. Tommy Johnson En- 
dowed Professorship, contact Chief Development Officer 
Tony Hernandez at (3 1 8) 357-4243 or at hernandeza@ 

Dr. Tommy Johnson is 
shown with his wife, 
Liz Johnson, and NSU 
President Dr. Randall J. 

Choate Family Scholarship benefits DeSoto Parish student 

A Mansfield family has cre- 
ated an endowed scholarship at 
Northwestern State University 
to benefit a student from DeSoto 
Parish. The Jerrie and Dennis 
Choate Endowed Scholarship is a 
two-year award that will benefit a 
student pursuing a degree in edu- 
cation. First preference will be 
given to a student from Mansfield 
High School before selection 
opens to students from DeSoto 

The scholarship will be 
awarded in spring and fall se- 
mesters to junior or senior level 
students who must maintain a 2.5 
grade point average. 

"We are looking for a student 
in the field of education who 

Members of the Choate family have estab- 
lished a scholarship at Northwestern State 
University to benefit a students from DeSoto 
Parish. Seated from left are Jerrie Ammons 
Choate, Dennis Choate and Jessica Choate 
McGrath holding Addison McGrath. On the 
back row are Cary Bruno, assistant academic 
coordinator for NSU Athletics; Denney Cho- 
ate and Mike McGrath. 

is longing to make a difference 
in Louisiana's school system." 
Dennis Choate said. "Educational 
leadership runs deep in the Cho- 
ate family, with several family 
members as long-time Louisiana 
school teachers." 

The Choate family's associa- 
tion with Northwestern State be- 
gan with Dennis Choate's mother, 
Mary Stevenson Choate, who 
worked in Iberville cafeteria for 
nearly 20 years. Since that time, 
over 1 5 family members have 
graduated from NSU, including 
the Choate children, Jessica Cho- 
ate McGrath; her husband, Mike 
McGrath; son Denney Choate, 
and his fiancee Cary Bruno. 

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Alumni Updates 


Dr Carroll E Slack is 
a Professor Emeritus 
at the University of 
Tennessee at Martin, 
married and lives in 
Martin. Tenn. 


Sandra Corley 
Dilbeck is a retired 
educator, married and 
lives in Florien. 


Rosalyn Scroggs 
Beall retired from 
Rapides Parish 
School Board as a 
speech pathologist 
She is currently em- 
ployed as a part time 
speech pathologist 
for Aurora R-8 School 
District, married and 
lives in Cape Fair, 


Rosalie MacDonald is 
a medical transcrip- 
tional at St. Rita's 
Hospital and lives in 
Lima, Ohio 


Lon Booth Rayburn 
is a registered nurse 
at Rayburn Surgical 
Clinic, married and 
lives in Pmeville. 

Kendna Losey Sand- 
ers is the principal at 
Goldonna Elementary 
and Jr High School, 
married and lives in 


Joel R Ebarb is the 
chair of the depart- 
ment of theatre at 
Purdue University 
and lives in West La- 
fayette. Ind 


Lee Ann Price, MPA. 
MAT, is a sociology 
professor at Wiley 

College and lives in 
Bossier City. 


Therese Darlene 
Turnage is an assistant 
principal at North 
Central High School 
and lives in 


Darryl Keith Evans is 
the assistant director of 
bands at the University 
of Arkansas at Pine 
Bluff, married and lives 
in Pine Bluff Ark. 


Michael Joseph 
Concilio is employed at 
Bossier High School, 
married to Ashley Re- 
nee Concilio ('02) and 
lives in Bossier City. 


Glen Harold Pierce 
is a technical sales 
representative for 
Schlumberger, married 
and lives 
in Canonsburg, Pa 


Richard C. Schneider 
is employed by the 
United States Air 
Force, married and 
lives in Albuquerque, 


Shannon Adele 
Wentzell Harris is an 
educator at Biloxi High 
School, married and 
lives in Diamondhead. 

Marc Edward Johnson 
is a family medicine 
resident (M.D) at the 
University of Arkansas 
for Medical Sciences 
and lives in Fayette- 
ville. Ark 


Stefanie Marlynn Ran- 
dall Creel is employed 

at LaSalle Detention 
Facility in immigration 
health services as a 
registered nurse She 
is married and lives in 


Rachel C LaBorde 
Juneau is a registered 
nurse at St. Francis 
Cabnni Women's and 
Children's Hospital, 
married and lives in 

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Allen Haywood 
Plummer, Jr., 
Shreveport, June 26, 

Madeline Welch 
Read, Aug. 21.2011. 
Amarillo. Texas 

E. Loneta Graves. 
Sept. 11,2011, 

1942 -Doris Davis Ivy, 
Sept. 13. 2011, Baton 

1945 -Norman L. 
Gunn, Oct. 30,2011, 


1947 -Elsie Martin 
Harris, July 9, 2011. 

1948. 1960- Eula Mae 
Pelt Midkiff. Jan. 19. 

2011. Pitkin 

1951- James Kittredge 
Lee Sr. Aug. 27, 2011, 

1951 -Peggy Elaine 
Matheson Sibley, 
Beaumont. Texas, 
June 7, 2011 

Kelly. June 3. 2011 

1958- Ronald D. 
Lebo, Laporte. Ind . 
November 22. 2010 

1975- Curt Backa. 
July 13. 2011. Great 
Falls. Mt 

2007 - Chelsea Ann 
Umbach Yates. July 
17. 20 11. New Orleans 

Coutees establish professorship 
in memory of mentors 

A Baton Rouge couple created an endowed profes- 
sorship in accounting at Northwestern State University in 
memory of three gentlemen who helped them as students. 
Ellis and Juanita Coutee of Baton Rouge presented the 
gift to the Northwestern State Foundation in memory 
of former Natchitoches residents Richard A. de Vargas. 
Andres LaCaze and Dr. William Henry Pierson. 

"Juanita and I decided to fund an endowed professor- 
ship in honor of these three men not solely based upon 
their financial assistance to us during our college days at 
NSU. They believed in us without question." Mr. Coutee 
said. "They exemplified the highest degree of principles. 
integrity, honesty, accountability and responsibility and 
these traits impressed me and laid a foundation for me 
to build upon earning our degrees and entering the real 
world work force. While I earned 100 percent of my 
college and living expenses, each person played a pivotal 
part in my growth and development into a professional 
accountant and the responsibilities yet to confront me 
upon my departure from NSU. 

"We are indebted to these three people." Coutee said. 
"Even today, we openly admit that one reason for beauty 
and joy of Natchitoches is because of families like the 
Pierson. de Vargas and LaCaze families. Their legac\ will 
live and last forever. It is a special pri\ ilege and an honor 
for us to recognize and honor these prominent families 
and their monumental contribution to our li\es." 

Family members of the late Richard A. deVargas, An- 
dres LaCaze and Dr. William Henry Pierson met with 
Northwestern State officials and alumni Ellis and Juan- 
ita Coutee, who created the Andres LaCaze, Richard 
A. deVargas and Dr. William Henry Pierson Professor- 
ship in Accounting at Northwestern State University. 
Seated from left are Doris James, Amy Whitford deVar- 
gas, Juanita Coutee, Helen LaCaze Presley and Mary 
Frances deVargas Lowrey. Standing are Jill Bankston, 
Dr. David James, Chase James, Richard deVargas 
III, Drake Owens, Northwestern State President Dr. 
Randall J. Webb, Ellis Coutee, Carroll Presey, Hester 
Leach and Louis Lowrey. 

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Alumni Updates 

Why I Love NSV 

I have had a lot of good memories made at NSU. Everything from making friends with students from 
overseas, to developing friendships that lasted a lifetime. I also had a period of maturing and enjoying liv- 
ing on my own. I enjoyed the freedom and the life I had while at NSU. I wouldn 't trade the experiences that 
I had for the world. I am attempting to pursue graduate studies for a master 's in middle school science. I 
truly feel that NSU is the place to find yourself . That s where I did and I love it! 

— Joni Abshire Pecson (2005) 

Atmos Energy made a donation of $5,000 to the NSU 
Foundation. The donation will be used to assist North- 
western State University students and support the uni- 
versity. Atmos Energy Operations Supervisor Michael 
Rodgers, left, and Vice President of Operations Mike 
Mancil, right, presented the donation to Northwestern 
State President Dr. Randall J. Webb. 


^J iU U U Lv UJJ uV) hosted by NSU Athletics in several sports are coming up, 
beginning with basketball events on back-to-back Saturdays in February. 

*•• The annual Demon Basketball Reunion is Saturday, Feb. 4, at Prather Coliseum. All former North- 
western men's players, coaches, and staff members are invited to return with their families. Two 
Demon greats, Dexter Grimsley and Bo Rayford, will be enshrined in the Graduate N Club Hall of 
Fame at a pregame luncheon. All alumni will be recognized at halftime of the 2 p.m. game against 
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Call the Demon basketball office at (318) 357-4274 for information and 
to register. 

**• The Lady Demon Basketball Reunion follows Saturday, Feb. 11, in Prather Coliseum. Everyone 
who has been involved in the Lady Demon program through the years is invited to return along with 
family and friends. Two of the greatest NSU women basketball players, Joskeen Garner and Angela 
Simpson, will be inducted in the Graduate N Club Hall of Fame. All alumni will be recognized at 
halftime of the 2 p.m. game against Southeastern and there will be a postgame dinner with the 201 1-12 
team when Garner and Simpson will be honored. Call the Lady Demon basketball office at (318) 357- 
5891 for information and to register. 

**• An all-time Demon Baseball Alumni Weekend will be held on a home series weekend either March 
30- April 1, or April 13-15. It's the first time ever that all NSU baseball alumni will stage a joint re- 
union. A special salute will go to the 2002 Southland Conference championship team on its 10th anni- 
versary. Any former Demon baseball players, coaches or staff are welcome and encouraged to contact 
Haley Blount at the Alumni Association (318) 357-4414 and to check for details and 
the final date for the weekend festivities. 

*» A reunion of the 2002 Lady Demon softball NCAA Tournament team and the 2002 men's outdoor 

track and field team that won the Southland Conference championship will also be staged in spring 
2012. Members of those teams, coaches or staff are encouraged to contact Haley Blount at the Alumni 
Association (318) 357-4414 and to check for details. 

Alumni Columns Winter 201 7/15 

Alumni News 

Looking bacK 

Back in 1986-87, the NSU Potpourri featured 
a series of articles on the growth of the Spirit of 
Northwestern under the leadership of Bill Brent, who 
arrived at the university in July l c )83 and in a few years 
grew the band from 48 members to 1 70 members. 

"We may not win the game, but we sure won the 
half-time." said Brent, then 35. "The band is my release 
valve. 1 never really considered it a job because I*m 
doing what I like, just as the students are doing what 
they want to be doing." 

Spirit of Northwestern section leaders were Tina 
Baccigalopi. Kristine Coriel and Rabon Vercher. flutes; 
Ken Campbell. Bryan Guillory and James LaCombe. 
trombones; Greg Dupuy and Robby Freeman, 
baritones; Jeff Zeringue. sousaphones: Jack Bedell. 
Doug Dement. Andy Harrison, John Maynard and 
George Thorn, percussion, and Francie Hebert. Paula 
Lesson and Suzie Nevels, flags. Dupuy was also the 
drum major. The band's feature twirler was Cind\ 
McAbee with co-head twirlers Janet McClaughteiy and 
Kelly Rushton. Vickie Parrish coordinated the Cane 
River Belles dance line. 

In commemoration of the Depart- 
ment ofFamil) and Consumer 

Sciences centennial, we lake a look 
back to 1980 when home economics 
students studying meal management 
prepared for a summer outdoor 
part\. Can you name the hostesses? 
I he first five readers who know the 
answer can call the Alumni Center 
at (318) 357-4414 and win a prize. 

Pictured in the Fall 2011 (mess 

Who were Queen Jo Ann Robinson. I lonoraiy Queen Mrs. Marguerite "Mama I " low nsend. Maids were Ann 
Gray, Pauline I ord, Sue Norman. Eleanor Wall. Carolyn Jacobs. Anita Pierce. Yvonne Nettles. Nanc> Bradley, 
( arolyn Hall and Margaret Barousse. Those who guessed correctl) were: 

Pauline I ord Martin ( 1963) 

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A reframed portrait of the late Sylvan N. Friedman for whom the Northwestern State University 
Student Union is named, will be permanently installed outside the doors of the Union's ballroom. 
From left are Dean of Students and Assistant Provost for Student Life Dr. Chris Maggio. Greg 
Friedman, grandson of Sylvan Friedman; Sam Friedman, son of Sylvan Friedman; and Tony 
Hernandez, development officer for the Northwestern State School of Business.